Summer is not over yet! And there's no better way to spend the long weekend than with a classic American road trip. Get the car trip-ready, pack the kids up, and hit the road. Need destination ideas? We've got some great ones!
Before you go, though, there are certain essentials that will help along the way, or at least make the trip a lot more fun...
Preventing frayed nerves and avoiding getting lost aren't the only benefits of having a Global Positioning System when you travel. Many of the newest models also make life easier with features like traffic, weather, and gas station info. We tested 12 units under $400 for ease of use and their ability to direct us: Check out our faves!
Save money (and calories) on fast food joints by packing some yummy road-trip snacks. We tested 27 hard- and soft-sided coolers to see which stayed below 40 degrees longest; how easy they were to pack and load, carry, and clean; and how well they handled wear and tear. We like to
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Summer is not over yet! And there's no better way to spend the long weekend than with a classic American road trip. Get the car trip-ready, pack the kids up, and hit the road. Need destination ideas? We've got some great ones!Read More »from 6 Essentials for Your Labor Day Road Trip
The end of summer is just around the corner! Before the temperature starts dropping, try to fit in these eight fun activities.Read More »from 8 Things to Do Before Summer Ends
1. Hit the Beach
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to squeeze in one last trip to the beach. Check out the best affordable beach gear, coolers, and snacks for your day in the sun.
Helpful Hint: While sand and surf are fun, the aftermath (i.e., sand tracked all over your house and car) is not so much. At the end of the day before the family piles into the car, have everyone sprinkle themselves with baby powder, which makes it easier to brush off sand from sweaty, SPF-slathered skin. Also bring along old towels to cover car seats.
2. Go on a Picnic
Picnics are a summer ritual that cannot be missed. If you haven't enjoyed one yet this season, head to your local park or even your backyard with your favorite picnic eats. Also check out these smart picnic must-haves.
Helpful Hint: If you're headed outdoors for an entire afternoon, double-check that your cooler
- Good Housekeeping | Life's Little Pleasures – Fri, Aug 27, 2010 6:24 PM EDT
When life's got you down, turn to these 14 easy, inexpensive, and positive ways to free your mind.Read More »from 14 Healthy Ways to Beat Stress
1. Add yoga to downtime. When volunteers alternated between yoga practice and rest (lying on their backs in the corpse pose) for a total of 22 minutes, they reduced their anxiety more than those who took part only in resting sessions.
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2. Hold hand with your hubby. Researchers have found that snuggling, kissing, and sex reduce levels of cortisol, a key stress hormone.
3. Apply rose oil. In a controlled study, the application of rose oil calmed the mind and body, lowering blood pressure and breathing rate.
4. Volunteer - even if your stress is out of control.
5. Bring your insurance cards - and your iPod. Even in tension-filled settings like emergency rooms, music reduces stress and anxiety, numerous studies have shown.
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6. Go fishing. Omega-3 fats from fish (
- Good Housekeeping | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 24, 2010 9:17 PM EDT
Alas, summer is nearing its end. But that doesn't mean you can't squeeze in a little more fun. Even if you don't have the time to fly to Hawaii or the cash to get to Europe, you can still have a fun and memorable family getaway. Try one of these weekend adventures before the colder climes roll in.Read More »from Get Away Before Summer Ends: 8 No-Fuss Weekend Getaways
For an adventurous weekend, head to Mystic, Connecticut's re-created 19th-century seafaring village, where all activities are marine-themed and geared toward children. Climb on a whaling ship at the popular Mystic Seaport and grab a slice at the famed Mystic Pizza.
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For a classic Vermont getaway, head to one of Manchester's cozy country inns tucked in the heart of the Green Mountains. Take in the breathtaking landscape as you learn how to fly-fish - this town's favorite pastime.
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Just two hours north of Phoenix, Prescott has maintained both its
Parents, do you wonder what it takes to help your kids do their very best at school? Good Housekeeping went into classrooms at schools around the country and talked to the teachers who spend their days with your children. Here's what they said about how you can help them help your kids:Read More »from 9 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew
1. Don't be a stranger!
Talk to your child's teacher early and often. Back-to-school night shouldn't be the only time you connect, but it's a great time to introduce yourself and find out the best way to contact her in the future. Then stay in touch with updates on how things are going at home, questions about your child and his work, or to schedule conferences to head off trouble (should you worry about that string of C's?). Most teachers have e-mail at school, which is a great way to check in.
Related: 5 Tips for Talking with Your Child's Teacher
2. Learning doesn't stop at 3:15.
You can help the teacher do a better job by encouraging your child to show you something he's working on at school,
Schoolkids can't leave home without it: a sturdy bag to carry all the essentials. We assessed 32 backpacks for durability, practicality, and comfort to find out which were in for the long haul. Before buying, be sure that the pack fits your child, with the base resting comfortably against his lower back.Read More »from The Best Back-to-School Backpacks
Best for High School
Although the Lands' End Multitask ($39.50, 800-800-5800) has a number of pockets, none are overly specialized - good for a high schooler who finds too-structured features impractical. The abrasion-resistant fabric isn't as tear-proof as others. In seven colors.
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Best for Staying Organized
Our teenage testers gave the Calpak Sky Forest Backpack ($75, 310-223-2500) a gold star for its well-thought-out design. School supplies fit in nicely and were easy to locate within pockets, pouches, and nooks just right for texts, binders, and all kids' electronics. In seven colors.
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Be a better bargain hunter at flea markets and yard sales with these savvy strategies.
• Make a list of what you're looking for and any relevant dimensions, such as exactly how much space you have for a framed mirror over your mantel (and tote along a tape measure)
• If you're trying to match colors or styles, bring swatches or photos
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How to Find Fleas
Websites such as findafleamarket.com list sales (this month's 127 Corridor Sale spans nearly 700 miles from Hudson, MI, to Gadsden, AL). Look for yard and estate-sale listings in local papers and on craiglist.org.
Related: Be a Better Bargain Hunter
Time It RightEarly birds get the best selection, while latecomers get the best deals (sellers don't want to lug stuff home). If you spot something in the a.m. that's out of your price range, offer to leave your cell number in case the vendor still has the item at closing time and wants to Read More »from Simple Tips to Better Bargain Hunting
The typical American shower lasts 5 to 10 minutes. During that time you could a) wash up, or b) royally pamper your hair, skin, and senses. We've checked out everything new under the nozzle - from fizzing aromatherapy tablets to foaming body scrubs - and here are the results. Check out 7 more ideas here.Read More »from 8 Ways to Pamper Yourself in the Shower
Once the sole province of spas, body brushing is so easy, fast, and delicious (think soft, pleasingly scratchy bristles) that it's infiltrating the home front. And a one-minute session is the perfect prelude to a shower, says Ann Marie Cilmi, spa and wellness consultant for Mama Mio Skincare. Using one or two brushes - and large, gentle, circular strokes - start at your feet and work your way up toward your heart. Then repeat from hands to heart (of course, you can use only one brush at a time for this part). You'll not only stimulate your nerve endings and circulation, but slough your skin lightly, too. "Whatever you use in the shower will consequently be absorbed more
One of the hardest and most fun projects we work on all year is the selection of our VIP (Very Innovative Product) Award winners. But we're wondering, what are the products you can't live without?
Here are some of our picks for top-rated household products that make our lives a bit easier:
In the Kitchen...
Best Blenders: Some kitchen appliances, like a coffee grinder, are nice to have. A blender, on the other hand, is a necessity. Not only are these multitaskers crucial for making smoothies and soups, they're also handy for prep tasks like pureeing, grinding, and chopping. To help you find the best of the bunch, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluated 38 blenders for ease of use, performance, durability, safety, and customer service.
Toasters $50 or Less: These budget toasters have been tested and recommended by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
In the Bathroom...
Lasting Waterproof Eyeliners: To help youRead More »from What's Your Favorite Household Product?
This spot-on advice will help you quickly erase fun-in-the-sun spills and splatters. For more clothing care tips, don't miss our solutions to six common laundry dilemmas.
1. Grass stains
2. Condiment spills (mustard, ketchup)
3. Fresh-berry spots
4. Sunscreen streaks
Tools You'll Use
- Enzyme detergent
- Chlorine and/or oxygen bleach
- Cold water; cloth or paper towel
- Boiling water
- Rubbing alcohol
- Aerosol prewash spray or solvent-based spot remover
1. Win the turf war. When gardening, picnicking, or a backyard game of badminton leaves you seeing green, here's how to undo the grass marks fast: Drizzle on a little liquid laundry detergent with enzymes (check the label) and rub it into the stain; let sit about five minutes. Then launder using the type of bleach (chlorine or oxygen) and hottest water permitted by the clothing's care label (in fact, this is the final step for all of theseRead More »from Undo Summer Stains